GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four Tar Heels were named to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Team, announced today by the conference office, as voted on by the league's eight head coaches.
Freshman Kristen Brown, senior Constance Orr, sophomore Amber Parrish and junior Lori Spingola were all named to the All-ACC Softball Second Team.
Georgia Tech's Ashley Thomas was named the ACC Player of the Year, and is joined by NC State's Emily Weiman, the ACC Pitcher of the Year, and Maryland's Lindsey Schmeiser as individuals garnering accolades. Florida State's Lonni Alameda was recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year.
Thomas, a junior from McKinney, Texas, leads the league in batting average (.420), on-base percentage (.521), runs scored (56), and stolen bases (37). She is hitting .471 with an on-base percentage of .550 in conference play. Thomas makes it four straight seasons with a Yellow Jacket as the Player of the Year after Jen Yee in 2010 and Kelsi Weseman in 2011 and 2012.
Weiman is the first from NC State to be named Pitcher of the Year since the award was instituted for the 2005 season. A sophomore from Pasadena, Md., Weiman is tied for the league lead and is fifth in the nation with 28 victories. She has thrown 274.0 of the Wolfpack's 316.1 innings this year, while compiling an earned run average of 2.04 and holding opposing hitters to a .219 batting average.
A shortstop and second baseman from Dunkirk, Md., Schmeiser leads the league with 55 RBIs and ranks in the top 10 in batting average (.350), runs scored (51), total bases (102), slugging percentage (.713), triples (4), on-base percentage (.448), and home runs (11). She is the first Terrapin to be named Freshman of the Year since Kelly Shipman in 1996.
Alameda earns her first career ACC Coach of the Year honor after leading the Seminoles to the top spot in the ACC regular season standings. Florida State enters postseason play with a 39-15 record, 18-2 against conference opponents, and is ranked No. 20 in the USA Softball poll.
Seven schools were represented on the 2013 All-ACC Team, led by regular season champion Florida State with five players honored. North Carolina and NC State had four players apiece.
2013 All-ACC Softball First Team
Courtney Senas, Florida State, Jr., 3B
Lacey Waldrop, Florida State, So., P
Monica Perry, Florida State, Sr., P
Victoria East, Florida State, Fr., 1B
Alysha Rudnik, Georgia Tech, Jr., 3B
Ashley Thomas, Georgia Tech, Jr., SS
Lindsey Schmeiser, Maryland, Fr., SS
Emily Weiman, NC State, So., P
Renada Davis, NC State, So., SS
Kylie McGoldrick, Virginia Tech, So., 2B
2013 All-ACC Softball Second Team
Tory Speer, Boston College, Jr., C
Morgan Bullock, Florida State, Sr., OF
Hope Rush, Georgia Tech, Sr., P
Caitlin Dent, NC State, Sr., OF
Kirsty Grant, NC State, Jr., C
Amber Parrish, North Carolina, So., C
Constance Orr, North Carolina, Sr., 3B
Kristen Brown, North Carolina, Fr., SS
Lori Spingola, North Carolina, Jr., SP
Courtney Liddle, Virginia Tech, Sr., C